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My job is sucking a whole lot right now, so instead of talking about that, I'm going to talk about my fabulous weekend!

I went to the Falcon Ridge Falcon Festival this weekend with [livejournal.com profile] veryschway and her friend Jill. (Her other friends had to leave early, unfortunately.) Details behind cut, but here's the cliff notes version. Two days sitting outside on a farm listening to hours and hours of music! Mud liek woah! Camping! Electric sitar! Learned sign language for wedgie! Sacred harp singers! Wine in a water bottle! Sunburn eeeeverywhere!

Falcon Ridge, unabridged )

It was a whole lotta fun, but I tell you, nothing makes you appreciate things like chairs like sitting on the ground for two days straight. I don't know how veryschway managed it for four.
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I am now going to post something that will make [livejournal.com profile] trakkie extremely jealous.

I went to I-Con yesterday and today. This morning, [livejournal.com profile] jethrien, [livejournal.com profile] chuckro and I got there a bit before nine o'clock, and since we were insanely early (panels start at ten), and since chuckro and I were panelists this year, we went to hang out in the green room. We were sitting there, chatting, eating our breakfast, and I look over and JAMIE BAMBER IS SITTING AT THE NEXT TABLE.

AAIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Since I am a calm, cool, collected adult, we continued our conversation as normal. Which was all about the fact that I was an accidental bully as a child. Jamie Bamber kept looking over at us, possibly because I am loud. Or possibly because chuckro said, "Honey, you never told me the story about the camera up your butt." (Jethrien would like me to add that this was when she was three. ETA: Jethrien's clarification in comments.)

After a while, we calmly left and I kept my staring to a minimum. I did not talk to Jamie Bamber for two reasons. One, he was in the green room. The rest of the con he has to deal with squealing fangirls; I respect his right to a space without that. Two, I probably would have said something like this:

"Mr. Bamber, I'm a big fan of your work. I especially liked you in Scarlet Pimpernel. There was some really great ass--I mean acting!--in that."
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I see I underestimated the turn-out at NYCC. According to this week's PW, there were more than 40,000 people there. No wonder I got sick.
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You remember my drawing of the line for last year's New York Comic Con? Well, today I got to Javitz at ten and saw that the line was outside the building. It went from approximately the middle of the building (circa 35th Street) down to 34th then back up to 40th Street where it turned West for half a block. So I it took me twenty minutes to walk to the convention…and then twenty to find the end of the line. At this point I called [livejournal.com profile] trakkie and made her very glad she hadn't come.

The line only took a little over an hour—everyone in it had a ticket, so we were basically just bottlenecked trying to get in. And although there are many more doors to the Javitz center than the one they were letting us through, I can't fault this plan. It meant that once you were in, the flow of people was pretty easy to navigate. You could go to a panel, bop up to the booths, and get back for another panel in a half an hour, a feat which was just not possible last year.

The rooms for the panels were also much better set up (AV equipment that works! Yay!), and they assigned rooms of appropriate size. There was none of the "let's but the twelve most popular names in comics in a room that seats twenty and see if the fans at the door will start death matches to get in" stuff that they did last year. And no showing up at a door and being told you needed a special ticket. I didn't try to go to any of the celebrity things, but it looked like people were getting into those OK, too.

Most surprising of all—the panels were actually good. Last year I went to maybe two panels that were interesting over two days at the con and spent the rest of the time hearing the same damn Tokyopop pitch or being subjected to pretentious nonsense so boring the panelists were falling asleep (see last year's report). This year, they had a lot more panels scheduled with interesting topics, and a lot fewer "We're VIZ and this is our fall line-up" panels.

The panels in far more excruciating detail than anyone wants to read about )

Saturday was much more sedate—I spent a half hour in line with [livejournal.com profile] dotfic, then hung around and went to [livejournal.com profile] gryphonrose's signing. I went to a few panels, but all the panelists were falling asleep into their microphones. Chip Kidd was far less entertaining than I'd hoped, and the panel he did on superheroes in literature was not helped by the extreme awkwardness of one of the authors (whose book I still want to read) and the fact that Paul Dini had a glazed look and answered all the questions by rote as if he'd answered them a hundred times previously that weekend (which he probably had). At another panel, I got to ask one of the screenwriters for "Law and Order: SVU" how he manages to make an hour-long exposition dump dramatic. His answer: always have the speakers walking or doing something else, keep the scenes really short, and make all the people the police interview contentious. There's no drama if everyone's helpful.

There were tons of cos-players around: your stormtroopers, though I didn't see a Vader, someone dressed as Anakin who'd looked freakishly like Hayden Christensen in Revenge of the Sith, a woman in the Princess Leia slave outfit who actually pulled it off (she didn't have a wrap, though, and that's an awful lot of skin to be showing in February), a Princess Amidala, an Obi-Wan, various women and men in spandex unitards (all of whom had the bodies to do it, too, which, believe me, is not easy for the men), and my favorite—a woman dressed as a tentacle. Not a tentacle monster, just a tentacle. With suckers all down the front, clearly a home-made costume. I wanted to take a picture, but she was on the phone.

Next year, at least, they seem to have come to their senses and are having it in April. We may still have to stand for a few hours in line, but at least it won't be twenty degrees with a cross-breeze.
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As I was walking out of the dealers floor yesterday, I was stopped by a middle-aged man. He asked me, "Excuse me--do you know where I could find 'graphic novels' or 'manga'?"

I looked at him agog for a moment, then pointed to the entire exhibition floor. I mean, this is a comic book convention. It's hard to avoid "graphic novels" and "manga." As I walked away, shaking my head, I heard the man's pre-teen son saying, "I told you!"
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I just got back from Comic Con and am pooped. But before I take a nap, I need to relate this.

I got onto the PATH, and five guys in their early twenties got on after me, all carrying bags from the con. Four sat down across from me, one next me. The guy next to me started rooting through the bag and pulled out a manga. The conversation went something like this:
Guy #2: Where'd you get that?
Guy #1: I don't know--I found it on the floor. I don't really get these things.
(Not really surprising--he was reading it the wrong direction.)
Pause as guy #1 flips through a few pages.
Guy #1: Oh my god! *snickering*
He hands it to his friends who all react similarly.
Guy #2: Are they going brokeback? Jesus!

After a bunch more swearing and grabbing of the comic book back and forth, they pass it back to the guy next to me, at which point I look at it over his shoulder.

Yup. It was yaoi.

NYCC

Feb. 22nd, 2007 04:12 pm
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Crazy-insane New York Comic Con just days away! Could there be any more celebrities going? They've got Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ray Park, Daniel Logan (Boba Fett), Nicholas Brendan and the actresses who played Kendra and Drusilla, half the cast of BSG plus your usual array of comic book stars (Stan Lee, Greg Rucka, Paul Dini) plus Stephen King... It's going to be a mad house. I usually avoid the celebrities at these things because I want to avoid the fans who flock around celebrities, but that may not be possible.

I was going to do a whole post asking if anyone else is coming and telling those who wanted to come to buy their ticket NOW, but apparently, Saturday has sold out so it's a moot point. If you are going and, like me, could not find the programming schedule on the website, it's here. Hopefully they won't pull the same sort of things they did last year and tell you when you show up that you needed to have gotten a special ticket for X panel and it's too late now. Whatever. It will be exhausting, wacky fun. If you are going, let me know and I'll keep an eye out.

As a totally random aside—I hate celebrity Q&A's. Why? Because the people interviewing the celebs are my fellow fans, and they usually have fewer interviewing skills than your average NPR intern. The fans who ask questions in Q&A's generally have not done any research at all, ask questions to which the answers will be short/boring, and broach subjects that these people would only discuss in the sanctity of their therapist's office. It is excruciating for me to sit through one of these, even if it means I could get the celebrity to answer my very own question and thereby validate my existence!!!! /end rant

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